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Evaluating Doctors with Medicare Data
The New York Times weighs in with a thoughtful editorial advocating that Medicare release more data on physician quality, albeit with safeguards to ensure that physicians who treat sicker patients or more complex ailments aren't penalized for their efforts.
The federal Medicare program is sitting on a trove of information that could help employers and patients decide which doctors provide the best service at the most reasonable cost. This is precisely the sort of information that President Bush has been urging the health care system to make available so that consumers can choose their doctors wisely. Yet the Department of Health and Human Services, relying on an old and dated court decision, has turned down a request for the data.
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